2019 Levy Referendum

The vote is an opportunity for forest owners to say whether the levy should be renewed for another six years. There is also an opportunity to say how you think the levy should be invested to benefit forest growers. For full information on the terms of the referendum, regional meeting dates, voting eligibility and much more visit the Forest Growers Levy Vote 2019 website

Have your say as a forest owner

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The FOA, FFA and the FGLT want to understand awareness and perceptions of a commodity levy, paid by commercial forest growers on plantation timber forests. Your responses to the survey will be important in helping these organisations identify the optimal amount of the levy and how it might be used in the future.


2018 Work Programme

The 2018 Work Programme  (1.18 MB .pdf) was considered and approved by the FGLT Board  in December 2017. The projects to be funded for 2018 were recommended by the Levy Trust Advisory Council (comprising FOA/FFA Executive representatives) to the FGLT Board. If you have any comments or suggestions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What the levy is used for

The levy is used to fund activities defined in the Plantation Forestry Work Plan 2013-2019. Full details of the funding allocation, details of who benefits and an illustration of the proportion of 2018 (budget) $9 million work programme expenditure by broad category of activity is is available here.
The Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT) is a statutorily endorsed forest industry organisation and was established on 4 March 2013 to manage the proceeds of the newly introduced levy on plantation timber products coming from the forest.  The Trust was not formally established until the Levy Order was issued. It was preceded by the work of the Establishment Board during 2013. Information on the development of the levy and its implemention, including the work of the Establishment Board during 2013, is available here.
The purpose of the FGLT is largely to help advance the New Zealand plantation forestry industry both domestically and internationally.

It is the responsibility of the FGLT to ensure that the money collected under the levy is appropriately invested in areas of research, development and promotion that will further advance NZ forestry here and overseas.

It is the belief of the Forest Growers Levy Trust that working together will make the forestry industry in New Zealand a more profitable, sustainable and safe environment in which to work.

Levy Statistics Data

The levy rate is 27c per tonne for the 2018 year. The sum of 30c per tonne is the maximum levy rate that can be set for any year of the 6 year term until 31 December 2019. The levy rate has remained stable at 27 cents since the implementation of the Levy Order.

Each year the Plantation Forestry Work Programme will be reviewed and a budget for the next year approved. The levy struck for that period may be more or less than the previous year’s levy, but it may not exceed the maximum levy amount of 30c per tonne.

For a levy analysis statistical summary visit Levy Analysis Summary